Keith I am forced to make small parts all the time for my custom wooden models. When it comes to cutting small parts I head to two machines, my bandsaw or my scrollsaw. That is because high powered blade spinning machines have enough airflow from the spinning blade to blow them almost anywhere.
The bandsaw or scrollsaw does not have kickback, and allows you to really hold the part without fear of cutting off your fingers. I always make my parts long, then cut off the small from that just to be safe.
If you don't mind doing stuff by hand, cutting them with a dovetail saw or miterbox gives you the ultimate control and safety.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"